Bad Boy Bubby (1993)

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Directed by: Rolf de Heer
Starring: Nicholas Hope (Bubby), Claire Benito (Mother), Carmel Johnson (Angel), Ralph Cotterill (Pop)
Country: Australia
Language: English (Eng Subs)
Runtime: 01:53:47
Genres: Captivity, Incest, Domestic Abuse, Insects, Violence Against Animals

Plot – Spoilers:
A 35 year-old man Bubby has lived in captivity all his life in his mother’s dirty apartment. He believes the outside world is a cauldron of poisonous gases from which he’s being kept safe. His mother fucks him every night and also abuses him for things like not “being still” or wetting himself.

Bubby spends the days tormenting cockroaches and his cat, crawling about like an animal, and looks forward every night to being “Good Bubby” with his mother – a sign and reward from her that the day was obediently well-spent.

A change arrives in their lives when Bubby’s father, a fraud preacher, turns up. This gives Mother something else to turn her attention to, and Bubby finds himself rejected and confused. His life has made him mildly retarded and he hasn’t been allowed to develop a personality or express thoughts. So what he has become good at, is copying other people’s mannerisms and words, which turns out handy when he finally steps out into the world.

4 thoughts on “Bad Boy Bubby (1993)

  • October 25, 2019 at 12:43 pm

    I wasn’t sure at first, but I’m glad I continued watching. I really enjoyed this movie. Nicholas Hope as Bubby did a superb job of making me feel like he was truly under develop as a man. The scene with the 2 hot naked girls. Bubby made it clear he like big boobs. 🙂 I also wonder if the director hates cats.

  • December 22, 2019 at 7:40 am

    I was eleven years old when i first watched this movie on SBS

  • January 12, 2020 at 8:14 am

    This film has moved me to my core. I have seen a lot of films attempting to dissect the gruesome nature of man and society in an all-encompassing singular piece of cinema but I will have to admit Bad Boy Bubby is the one that comes close to accomplishing that. With all its Freudian tropes and banal philosophy, this is a triumph of film language, performance art and scriptwriting. I can’t believe I had not seen it until now.

  • July 4, 2020 at 10:23 pm

    Masterpiece, probably the best film on effedup, can’t recommend it enough.


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